USF fired Charlie Strong after three years. Could Willie Taggart take over again?
Charlie Strong couldn’t turn USF into UCF
Strong went from being fired by Texas to the USF head man, and at first it appeared to be a perfect fit.
The former Florida superstar defensive coordinator was going to get his shot to take over what Willie Taggart set in motion, and it all rocked in a 10-2 first season complete with a Birmingham Bowl win over Texas Tech.
But his 9-1 team loss at UCF 49-42 with everything on the line.
No sweat – that was a “national champion” UCF team.
Everything was rolling right along with a 7-0 start in 2018, and then it all fell apart losing the last six games including the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl to Marshall.
And along the way, his Bulls were rocked by UCF 38-10.
This year, the offense sputtered and coughed early on, but the Bulls were able to beat a decent BYU team on the way to a scuffling 4-4 start.
Temple, Cincinnati, Memphis, at UCF. The big boys in the AAC were on the slate, but the Bulls didn’t have to leave Florida in November.
USF was supposed to be one of those big boy programs, and it wasn’t.
The Bulls lost all four games, it finished the season with seven games scoring 17 points or fewer, and that was it …
Losing to UCF 34-7 didn’t help.
And now Strong is out, and that opens the door back up for Willie Taggart to potentially come back and finish what he started.
He won two games in 2013, then four, then eight, and then went 10-2, but he left for Oregon before he was able to try turning USF into what UCF has become – or at least give it a shot.
It’s an attractive job and a perfect next-step-up one for top coordinator or other Group of Five head coach if it’s not Taggart.